When favorite southeast Asian spot Captain Cook closed down a year and a half ago, with plans to move into Martinez, at Av. Libertador 13652, I promised I’d get up there and review the new spot. It amazes me that 14 months have passed by since it reopened and somehow, I’d not made it up there, it’s not exactly difficult to get there – and especially as they’re now open for lunch, serving up a full menu of specialties from the Far East. And, it’s garnered praise from all quarters, in fact, the day last week when I finally made it up there for lunch, Chef Marta had just gotten the call from Cuisine & Vins magazine naming the place the best restaurant of the year.

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Pretty place, much nicer than the previous location. The view might not be as interesting outside, but inside, comforting and warm. My waiter, quick to the table and friendly, informed me that Marta was going to put a little something together for me. She dropped by the table a few minutes later to let me know I’d be sampling about half the menu….

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Starting with a selection of several appetizers: Vietnamese pork meatballs with rice cakes; Singaporean spring rolls; and “Panasian” caramelized prawns with sweet potato chips. (All portions smaller than the full dish plates, after all, this is a “tasting menu” I’m digging into here.)

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A quartet of sauces on the table to accompany various dishes ranging from mild and sweet to a decent hit of spicy chili.

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A Thai red curry chicken (likewise, main courses in small portions to sample). Fiery hot and delicious!

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A creative panasian plate of teriyaki rib-eye with roasted peppers and red onion, jasmine rice. Perfectly tender and, yum.

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My favorite of the day, a Thai green curry of mixed seafood. Fiery hot, and I could eat that any day.

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Although I’m not much of a dessert person, I gamely soldiered on with a duo of ginger-orange flan and a, well, second duo, of white and milk chocolate… parfaits, for lack of a better term, layered with dulce de leche and peanuts. All really good!

Sin duda, Captain Cook maintains its spot as my favorite Asian restaurant in the Buenos Aires area!

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Random Acts of Training #3

2014.Dec.19 Friday
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Yes indeed folks, it’s time for another adventure on a train. I’ve adjusted the randomizer and, away we go. First off, where to start from? There are basically seven lines to pick from, and which one gets drawn from the hat? The Uriarte Urquiza line, which means, marching myself (okay, subway) across the city to […]

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Bite Marks #8

2014.Dec.18 Thursday
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Time for another round of casual eats! I don’t know what possessed me to order a Suprema Maryland as a delivery – fried things are rarely a good move – they tend to steam and get soggy by the time they arrive. Maybe it’s because La Barra, Juncal 2383 is only a few blocks away […]

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Another Round of Spicy

2014.Dec.17 Wednesday
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We went for it again, another dinner with plenty of chili and other spices, and once again, nothing but raves. I’m not sure that two weeks can be considered “on a roll”, but it seems to be eliciting a lot of pleasure amongst our diners. A new version of a causa I’ve been playing around […]

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A First Look at a Reboot

2014.Dec.14 Sunday
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One of the worst social situations that you can find yourself in is having to take sides in a divorce. Now, luckily, no one has asked me to take sides, but at the same time, after a split-up between friends, there’s at least a twinge of awkwardness here and there. I don’t know what led […]

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Fun with Chilies

2014.Dec.10 Wednesday
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It wasn’t until after we were serving our menu this last week that I realized that I’d ended up with four savory courses in a row that featured chili in one form or another. The good thing, it was a hit, and we got nothing but compliments for providing a good dose of spice for […]

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Ode to a Decent Sandwich

2014.Dec.05 Friday
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Actually, I’m not a poet, so no ode. But, I do love a good sandwich, and as many of you know, I’ve spent quite a bit of time out searching for the best of the best here in Buenos Aires. And I’ve found some delicious sandwiches. But. Even the best of them have been, let’s […]

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Peruvian Week in BA

2014.Dec.01 Monday
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It had to happen sooner or later, the one thing that we get asked about regularly – “Aren’t you afraid that someone will steal from you?” We never have been, not really. But, it happened. I had a little display of a few Chinese ritual jade pieces that I’ve collected over the years and, sometime […]

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Meshugenah for Mishiguene

2014.Nov.30 Sunday
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Argentina has a large middle eastern population. Within the context of a 40 million or so general census, approximately 1.3 million are directly of middle eastern heritage, and another 2.2 million are of mixed middle eastern and latin american ancestry. By far the largest percentage are Syrian or Lebanese, with significant percentages from Armenian, Egyptian, […]

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